David Cluse, the Eudunda Area School principal and a former senior coach at the Eudunda Roosters back in 2008, has been appointed as the new coach of the Southern Saints for the 2018 campaign.
Cluse, who originally came to the district from the Salisbury North Hawks and played division one amateur league football, was the playing-coach of Eudunda a decade ago.
He would take on the Saints junior coach roles after the amalgamation, leading Eudunda-Robertstown to a Senior Colts premiership in 2011.
On his coaching resume includes a season with the Hummocks Watchman Eagles in the Adelaide Plains competition and junior coaching roles with Woodville West Torrens in the SANFL underage competitions, and over the last couple of years he has officiated as an umpire.
He has coached the NEFL representative teams both at underage level and in the senior Landmark Cup on three occasions.
“My first aim is to entice a number of the locals who have left the club over the last few seasons back to the club,” Cluse said.
“We will be looking to build up our stocks over the next month or so.
“I have been a keen observer of the Saints over the past couple of years and look forward to this opportunity.
“There is a lot of outstanding young talent that has come through the Eudunda-Robertstown ranks, and I am keen to get this talent back, but also promote from within this.
“Only winning a handful of games this year means confidence may be low, but I believe that the talent pool is deep.
“To start with we will be working on team skills, structures and dispositions.
“For me it is about playing my role in making the Eudunda-Robertstown Football Club a successful club in the North Eastern competition.
“It is important to build a strong foundation and work from there.”
In other local football news, Eudunda-Robertstown footballer Dean Cutting has been announced as the new coach of the Wallaroo Bulldogs in the Yorke Peninsula competition for 2018.